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More than just a pretty interface (08 Mar 2004)
Some women use earphones to deflect unwanted attention, finding it easier to avoid responding because they look already occupied.

In the same way, removing earphones when talking to someone sends a strong message about how interested one is in what is being said. It pays the speaker a compliment.
Article URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3542391.stm

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